Jhono Bennett

Jhono Bennett
University College London | UCL · School of Architecture

PhD Candidate - UCL Bartlett

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February 2022 - present
University College London
Position
  • Steering Comittee Member
Description
  • https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/research/impact-bartlett/bartlett-community-engagers
September 2021 - present
University College London
Position
  • Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant
Description
  • https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/programmes/postgraduate/msc-building-and-urban-design-development
January 2019 - June 2019
CEPT University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • https://issuu.com/jhonobennett/docs/dwp_studio_book_draft_3_print
Education
April 2020 - April 2023
University College London
Field of study
  • Architecture
February 2010 - December 2011
University of Pretoria
Field of study
  • Architecture
January 2005 - December 2007
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Field of study
  • Architecture

Publications

Publications (25)
Conference Paper
The South African city we experience today did not simply manifest in a vacuum outside of the social injustice of the last 400+ years of colonial and Apartheid ‘development’. The four-hour commute that the average Johannesburg city user experiences, the sense of fractured locality across the metropolitans of Durban and Pretoria and the intact socio...
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The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences—as academics and professionals—in coproducing knowledge to improve urban development outcomes in the global South. The focus of the paper is on urban research and practice, a field in which academic work influences policy and programming, and professional knowledge (validated and certified by ac...
Technical Report
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This document is intended to serve as a tool for collecting, processing and sharing what 1to1 and our members have done since the inception of the organisation on November 20, 2010 in Johannesburg's Slovo Park. The document was conceptualized in an important time for the organization brought on by several factors that will be unpacked, the most not...
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While the international discourse on architectural design in the last decade has acknowledged participation as an element of design process and the role of designer as creator of potentialities of co-production of spaces, the culture of architectural production in many parts of India continues to be collaborative and involves diverse sets of indivi...
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Editors: Faldi, Giuseppe, Fisher, Axel, Moretto, Luisa (Eds.) There has been an intense discourse on the relationship between inter-stakeholder university engagements, or service learning, and the broader society that South African universities claim to serve over the past decade in both local and international academia. The inherent problem withi...
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https://issuu.com/bartlettarchucl/docs/bartlett-phd-research-projects-2022 Atheer Al Mulla Azadeh Zaferani Katerina Zacharopoulou Rebecca Loewen Jhono Bennett Xiuzheng Li Olivia Duncan Olivier Bellflamme Marc Garcia Irene Manzini Rachel Valbrun Athina Petsou Christos Papastergiou Fiona Zisch Freya Wigzell Gregorio Astengo Inês Dantas Isabel Gutierr...
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There has been an intense discourse on the relationship between inter-stakeholder university engagements, or service learning, and the broader society that South African universities claim to serve over the past decade in both local and international academia. The inherent problem within these power structures, the challenges to achieving mutually...
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The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences – as academics and professionals – in co-producing knowledge to improve urban development outcomes in the Global South. The focus of the paper – urban research and practice – is a context in which academic work influences policy and programming, and professional knowledge – validated and certifi...
Conference Paper
Over the last few decades the discourse on the relationship between inter-stakeholder university engagements, or Service Learning, and the broader society that South African universities claims to serve has been deeply discussed by academia; the inherent problematics within the power structures, the challenges of achieving mutually beneficial proje...
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The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences – as academics and professionals – in co-producing knowledge to improve urban development outcomes in the Global South. The focus of the paper – urban research and practice – is a context in which academic work influences policy and programming, and professional knowledge – validated and certifi...
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In this working paper we seek to contribute to debates about the scaling up of citizen participation in towns and cities of the Global South through a focus on participatory planning. Our contribution is threefold. First, we discuss existing experiences of integrating participation into citywide planning and urban governance processes, highlighting...
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“The question of what the architect is actually doing … raises questions about authorship. Is the architect a creative author with the will to produce a specific work, or do the conditions imposed on him inevitably result in something interchangeable, something that could as easily have been produced by someone one else?” (Reidijk, 2010, p20) This...
Technical Report
This report captures the processes undertaken by the 2017 Change By Design (CBD) Workshop of a week-long participatory workshop facilitated by Architecture Sans Frontières-United Kingdom (ASF-UK), the Development Action Group (DAG) with support from 1to1-Agency of Engagement from the 23 of June to the 9th of July 2017. The workshop is part of a mul...
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A short thought piece on inner-city Johannesburg. Read the full piece here: https://issuu.com/foliojournalofafricanarchitecture/docs/folio_issuu
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The South African policy landscape regarding Human Settlement development reflects a progressive approach towards the in-situ upgrading of informal settlements. With the assistance of the World Bank and the Cities Alliance, the National Upgrading Support Programme (NUSP) was established in 2008 to facilitate the implementation of the Upgrading of I...
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Societies build for reasons, including and, beyond the need for shelter. The layers of meaning that make up the building process include status, power, social convention, values and ideas on aesthetics. This inherent layering of meaning through building ensures that every built work as a deliberate act – consciously or unconsciously – communicates...
Technical Report
This report outlines the findings of a two-week participatory design workshop undertaken by Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK) in partnership with Development Action Group (DAG) in Cape Town, South Africa, from April 7 to 17, 2015. The workshop explored a projective diagnosis of how various stakeholders could act to create opportunities for i...
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This paper will explore the notion of ethics in the built environment, and professional accountability, topics which are generally sidelined or given little direct consideration in teaching and practice. However, this status quo is increasingly being questioned, and built environment educators and practitioners need to develop the intellectual and...
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Design Anthology Issue #6 - Design from the passenger seat A short co-authored article on my the 3rd Regional CAN Workshop in Manila, Philippines written with Pamela Gloria Cajilig and Francesco Pasta.
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Our understanding of architecture has significantly changed over time. Having been trained in a post-modernist idiom in the eighties, one of the authors has witnessed the transformation of the profession and architectural design teaching over this time. Younger architects have been educated at a time of intense debates on relevance, justice and new...
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This article maintains the importance of a contextual and humanist understanding for the design of public space through the incorporation of concrete and changing realities in the analysis of the urban environment. In an attempt to reach a greater understanding of the construction of space through social networks, qualitative fieldwork methods are...
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The importance of intangible networks for the design of built form and space are determined for each scenario. The research underpins the design relevance in architecture (and contemporary urban life) of social activity, movement, temporality versus permanence (in form), and mobility versus fixity (in location). It places in question the traditiona...
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In an attempt to reach a greater understanding of the construction of space through social networks, qualitative fieldwork methods are used to document the flows of social process and physical matter in the immediate context of a chosen site for intervention. The importance of these networks for the design of built form and space is determined by a...
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The South African population has been experiencing an unprecedented rate of urbanization that has left government bodies struggling to meet the qualitative and the infrastructural demands of the emergent sector in undeveloped areas. This dissertation aims to focus on the intensive networks found in these developing areas of vulnerability that disp...
Technical Report
In 2010 a group of Students began a research project with a developing community in Soweto South. This project quickly became something much more than just another studio exercise. This book documents this experience. https://issuu.com/1to1_enyekwenye/docs/slovo_park_project_-_2010

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Projects (6)
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South African cities remain among the most unequal urban areas in the world; the tacit logics of their designed built forms play a significant role in how these inequalities continue to manifest decades after social and political reform. The socio-spatial city-making forces that led to these asymmetries were not an impassive by-product of centuries of segregated development, but were conceptualised, drawn, designed and implemented by built environment practitioners – individual spatial designers who were socially, historically, politically, technically and ethically situated in South Africa. This observation is made to highlight an important, and under-explored, inter-scalar dimension of agency between the individual practitioner, the disciplines, and the socio-spatial systems that require more situated explorations of spatial practice in regards to city-making in contemporary South Africa, as well as in similar spatially unjust contexts. In response to this observation, the doctoral study will respond to the growing efforts of Southern scholars in developing more locational and theoretically contextualised forms of urban research and engagement and will employ Southern Urbanist principles from which to develop and explore the research questions. The study is positioned at the disciplinary intersection of architecture, urban studies and arts-practice in developing a situated design-research methodology to creatively, ethically and iteratively guide the approach. In addition, the study will work with a community of contemporary local practitioners through a series of engagements around the nature of spatial design practice as well as a practice-orientated auto-interrogation of my own work over the last decade. Ultimately this inquiry will attempt to locate and reveal the various tacit values embedded in the how of socio-spatially focused post-Apartheid South African spatial design practice, and seeks to contribute an additional partial perspective to the ongoing conversations around Southern urbanism through the development and documentation of a practice-orientated situated research-methodology that focuses on spatial design in Southern cities. (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/jhono-bennett)
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South African cities remain among the most unequal urban areas in the world; the tacit logics of their designed built forms play a significant role in how these inequalities continue to manifest decades after social and political reform. The socio-spatial city-making forces that led to these asymmetries were not an impassive by-product of centuries of segregated development, but were conceptualised, drawn, designed and implemented by built environment practitioners – individual spatial designers who were socially, historically, politically, technically and ethically situated in South Africa. This observation is made to highlight an important, and under-explored, inter-scalar dimension of agency between the individual practitioner, the disciplines, and the socio-spatial systems that require more situated explorations of spatial practice in regards to city-making in contemporary South Africa, as well as in similar spatially unjust contexts. In response to this observation, the doctoral study will respond to the growing efforts of Southern scholars in developing more locational and theoretically contextualised forms of urban research and engagement and will employ Southern Urbanist principles from which to develop and explore the research questions. The study is positioned at the disciplinary intersection of architecture, urban studies and arts-practice in developing a situated design-research methodology to creatively, ethically and iteratively guide the approach. In addition, the study will work with a community of contemporary local practitioners through a series of engagements around the nature of spatial design practice as well as a practice-orientated auto-interrogation of my own work over the last decade. Ultimately this inquiry will attempt to locate and reveal the various tacit values embedded in the how of socio-spatially focused post-Apartheid South African spatial design practice, and seeks to contribute an additional partial perspective to the ongoing conversations around Southern urbanism through the development and documentation of a practice-orientated situated research-methodology that focuses on spatial design in Southern cities. (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/jhono-bennett) First and second supervisors: Prof Peg Rawes Prof Jane Rendell
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Change by Design unites a series of workshops and seminars developing and disseminating a participatory design methodology with the objective to contribute to the empowerment of urban marginalised groups and communities. The programme is concerned with advancing the thinking and practice of participatory design in ways that contribute to the democratisation of city-making and to addressing urban socio-spatial inequalities. Activities focus on contested urban sites such as informal settlements and inner city areas that have been earmarked for regeneration, both in the Global South and the UK. Through its commitment to action learning and knowledge co-production, Change by Design uses urban design and planning skills to support community groups in developing plans and strategies that foster the production of more just cities. In 2015/2016, the Change by Design programme focused on the development of long-term collaborations with civil society partners, with the objective to enhance the impact and sustainability of its activities. Two strategic partnership documents were produced, one focusing on activities in London with Citizens-UK, and one building on the relationship with Development Action Group in Cape Town, South Africa. See more details here: http://www.asf-uk.org/programmes/change-by-design/